EDUCATION

The Texas Education Agency released its 2016-2017 school report cards Thursday, providing the public with a concentrated place to check out different information about individual schools in the Killeen area and throughout the state.

“All of the information is already available on our website,” spokeswoman Lauren Callahan said. “It’s our one-stop shop.”

Among the information is the 2017 accountability rating for each individual school. Every school in both the Copperas Cove Independent School District and the Killeen Independent School District achieved a rating of “met standard.” That news was released back in August.

“Killeen ISD is pleased that the district was rated as having met the state’s academic accountability standard for 2017, and we are proud of the hard work of our students and their teachers and school administrators, with the great support of their parents,” KISD spokesman Terry Abbott said in a statement Monday. “These reports are important information for parents and for our educators alike as we all work together to improve learning opportunities for every student.”

In Copperas Cove, Sheri Welch, CCISD director of assessment and accountability, said the report cards have valuable information.

“CCISD values the opportunity to share with our parents and other stakeholders each school’s unique characteristics as well as a snapshot of their academic performance through the recent release of the school report cards. The report cards provide a general overview of valuable information about our schools.  Every day our students and staff arrive at the doorsteps of our schools in order to continue to lay the foundation of excellence and build a future of success.  We are proud of their efforts and accomplishments," she said.

Belton and Temple

In Belton and Temple, the school with the most distinctions was Temple ISD’s Bonham Middle School, which was recognized for high performance in reading, math, science, social studies, student progress and closing performance gaps.

Several other campuses came close to Bonham’s six distinctions. In Belton ISD, Belton High School, Lakewood Elementary School, Sparta Elementary School and Tarver Elementary School all earned five distinctions. In Temple ISD, Kennedy-Powell Elementary School also earned five distinctions.

Belton ISD Superintendent Susan Kincannon said the TEA report cards do not adequately measure student progress.

“Belton ISD measures success by student achievement and performance in a number of areas, including advanced placement assessments, career and technical education, fine arts, athletics and community service,” Kincannon said. “Our students have many talents, most of which are not measurable on a paper and pencil test.”

According to the TEA, the school report card combines accountability ratings, data from the Texas Academic Performance Reports, such as standardized test scores, and financial information to give a broad view of campus performance.

“Available for each campus in Texas, the (report card) is intended specifically to inform parents and guardians about a school’s individual characteristics and its academic performance,” according to the TEA website.

The report card also lists any distinction designations a school received.

Every campus that receives a “met standard” rating is eligible for as many as seven distinction designations. Among the possibilities are academic achievement in English language arts/reading, science, mathematics or social studies, top 25 percent closing performance gap, top 25 percent student progress and postsecondary readiness.

The campus report cards are at http://bit.ly/2BAusfx.

FME News Service staff writer Mariel Williams contributed to this report.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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